Machining Processes for Lightweight Materials

Lightweight materials, such as CFRP or sandwich structures, place new demands on machining processes. This calls for new processing strategies, tools and innovative quality control methods. Extensive knowledge of materials, machining processes and machine periphery is needed in order to make processing cost-effective.

By adapting machining processes to the requirements of individual material systems, cycle times can be shortened and process reliability improved, thus cutting processing costs. Fraunhofer IPA offers application-orientated solutions for all aspects of machining. It is therefore in a position to provide customers with solutions for all areas of industry from a single source.


  • Machining processes for almost every material and component size
  • Independent selection of tools and coatings for machining
  • New and further development of machining processes
  • High-accuracy robot machining and hybrid processing with superimposed oscillation